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      07-28-2015, 10:40 PM   #1
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Filter talk

What type and brand filters does everyone use?

I've got your typical UV filters, a circular polarized, and a blue/gold circular polarized. I've gotten by in the past with the cir polarized to pick up a stop or two in bright sun when i wanted a longer exposure, but i think i'm picking up amy first ND filter.

I think i've settled on Breakthrough Photography's x3 1.8 (6 stop) filter. Anyone have experience with this? I've read several good reviews and i've only used Hoya & Singh-ray filters thus far.
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      07-29-2015, 08:01 AM   #2
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UV/Haze, circular polarizer, and .6 graduated ND. I'd like to get some darker graduated NDs and some non graduated NDs, but just haven't gotten around to it.

I've used Tiffen HT primarily, with a Hoya in there and a Canon UV out of necessity.
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i use the lee filter system. big stopper, little stopper, soft GND set
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no UV/Haze filters -- waste of money.

B&W circular polarizers, neutral density.
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I had ordered a BTP x3 6stop ND filter and had hoped to take it with me on my last trip. There was a delay in production and it was evident it wouldn't be here before my departure. Because of that, i hastily chose a replacement filter. Knowing Singh Ray is based out of FL and not being able to decide on which level of ND filter to buy, i purchased a Variable ND filter from them. It arrived quickly and i was able to take it with me. Unfortunately, i was un aware of it's shortcomings with regards to vignetting when using a wide lens. Because of this, a 2 - 14 stop filter is only good up to about 6, maybe 8 stops. In day light at F22 this only allowed for 4 to 10 second exposures which wasn't slow enough for the effects i was going for.

I decided to keep the order for the BTP 6 stop filter thinking that i could stack it on the variable ND which should allow for 30 second exposures in bright daylight. So now i have 2 ND filters in 77mm and i just upgraded my most used lens which will now require 82mm filters. ugh....

So i've ordered a BTP x3 10stop ND filter. I figure that should handle most situations and when looking for longer exposures in the evening or dawn, i can utilize a cir polarized filter to gain a few stops. Which i'll also have to repurchase because outside of the newest ND filter, ALL my other filters are 77mm.

I guess most people are used to having different sized filters and i was just probably spoiled by having all of my lenses use the same size filters for the last 10 years. Oh well, i guess i can use the filter size issue as a justification for upgrading my other 2 lenses.
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I just have a Hoya UV filter as part of a package on the 18-35mm STM II lenses that came with my camera until I can fund this addictive yet expensive habit .
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      10-27-2015, 01:38 PM   #7
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B+W filters. Because putting a $60 filter on a $2k lens seems pointless. Why degrade high end glass with a cheap filter?
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I stopped using UV/Haze filters a long time ago in favor of less crap in front of lens. However sometimes they are still useful; I'm thinking near water spray they can act as a buffer over the lens if you quickly want to set up, take it off, and shoot, the spray is all on the filter and not your lens. Also I have dropped a lens once that did get saved by the fact that the UV filter cracked But instead I am just more careful these days, haha.

For my GND's I have 4 various Singh-Ray 4x6 rectangular GND's (these go with the Lee filter holder) but I am not happy with them, due to the heavy magenta cast they create when stacked. I used to think it was cool when I first got them and over time just grew tired of the cast. It's really hard / nearly impossible to correct it in PP, also.

I use a Fotodiox 155mm CPL with my TS-E 17 but that is a special lens and special filter for it, as well as a 6x9" Fotodiox 0.9 GND filter that stacks over the CPL. It has a very minor magenta cast, and I imagine that if I had 2 or 3 of these, the effect would be much worse.

I still have a bunch of filters from my film days that have become obsolete with digital photography, like FL-D filters, which are mostly just relics for display at this point

Generally speaking, I find myself using the CPL and GND's more than anything else. I also like ND filters which help with contrast and to lower shutter speeds when there is a lot of light out.

I do want to get a 10-stop ND filter for that silky-smooth water effect, and for long exposures in general during daylight and/or ample golden hour light.

And, I still want to find a brand of square/rectangular GND filters that don't produce a magenta cast. That would be awesome.
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I was thinking of going to Lee for the GND so I don't have to have a bunch of different sizes and the ability to adjust the GND vs a circular one. Otherwise I use B&W MC
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B+W filters. Because putting a $60 filter on a $2k lens seems pointless. Why degrade high end glass with a cheap filter?
^ I second this.
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